Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta
Ogun State Government has disowned a fake website set up by alleged fraudsters (https://Inkbitz.com) asking residents to log in their details in order to received palliative funds from the Federal Government.
The Chief Economic Adviser to the Governor , Mr Oladapo Okubadejo, said that the fake website was aimed at fleecing gullible and innocent residents of the state and did not emanate from the State Government.
He warned residents of the state and Nigerians in general to refrain from inputing their personal details into the website, as the criminals behind it might harvest such details to perpetrate criminal transactions.
He stated, “We wish to inform citizens of Ogun State that the website promoting the headline, FG 5bn Naira Ogun State Subsidy Palliative Online Registration (https://fg-5bns-naira-ogun-state.lin) is completely fake.
“The Ogun State Government has not set up any website for the purpose of distributing palliatives.
“Of course, as a responsible government, the Prince Dapo Abiodun administration has a multi-pronged palliative strategy, including the use of a social register generated during COVID-19 to distribute palliatives to vulnerable citizens, the payment of N10,000 to civil servants in the state, the provision of CNG-enabled buses to reduce the cost of transportation across the state, as well as the provision of electric motorcycles, among others.
“However, beneficiaries of the Ogun State Government’s palliatives are not required to visit any websites.
“The fake website has been reported to the authorities of the Nigeria Police Force and we will do everything possible under the law to ensure that the masterminds of the fraud are brought to book.”he added
Okubadejo asked the people of the state to be wary of applying for any palliative from any quarter, noting that government is already working out modalities for the distribution of the palliatives received from the Federal Government.
He added that a committee, comprising stakeholders across the state has been constituted to come up with the distribution methods so that the items reached the intended populace.